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Rockies seeking veteran right-handers to fill out rotation
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Rockies are looking at a number of veteran right-handers to fill out the rotation, according to MLB.com.

Kevin Correia, Aaron Harang, Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick have all been considered by the club. With Johnson reportedly signing a deal with the Padres, that leaves the other three as options for the club. Though the team is said to be interested in all three players, it has not engaged in serious conversations with any of them. 

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Yankees president doesn't foresee any significant moves
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Yankees team president Randy Levine doesn't foresee the team making any significant moves the rest of the offseason, according to Newsday.

Levine's comments echo what general manager Brian Cashman recently told the media. The team is always looking to do something, but a big deal doesn't seem likely. "We're always out there looking, but it has to be tempered by the reality of the organization," Levine said. He went on to stress that the team's payroll is already fairly high, though admitted the team could make a big move if the right situation presented itself. "If an exception comes up that makes sense, we look at it and we decide. Like any business, we have a budget and we have an idea of what we want to spend."

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Cubs agree to sign Anthony Carter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Cubs have signed reliever Anthony Carter to a minor-league deal, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Carter spent last season in Japan, pitching for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He posted a 3.97 ERA over 45 1/3 innings. 

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Padres to sign Josh Johnson
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Padres are set to sign pitcher Josh Johnson to a one-year deal, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Yahoo initially reported the two sides were on the verge of a deal.

Johnson will make a base salary under $2 million, but can earn as much as $8 million due to incentives. Given his recent injury issues, it's assumed those incentives will revolve around both his numbers and his ability to remain healthy. Johnson signed with San Diego last season, but was unable to pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The team declined his option during the offseason, but showed interest in re-signing Johnson to a lesser deal.

Johnson posted a 6.20 ERA in 81 1/3 innings with Toronto in 2013. 

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A's C Stephen Vogt expects to be ready for opening day
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt believes he'll be ready for opening day, according to MLB.com.

Vogt had foot surgery in October, but had his walking boot removed Thursday. Vogt admitted that he may not be 100 percent by spring training, but said he expects to be ready for opening day. After playing multiple positions due to the injury last season, Vogt said he's eager to get behind the plate again. 

The 30-year-old Vogt hit .279/.321/.431 over 269 at-bats last year. 

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Josh Johnson on the verge of signing with Padres
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Padres are on the verge of a one-year deal with pitcher Josh Johnson, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal was first reported by Yahoo!

The two sides are still figuring out the details of the contract, but it's assumed it will include incentives based on games started. Johnson signed with the club last offseason, but did not pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. The Padres declined an option on Johnson following the season, but expressed a desire to bring him back at a cheaper price. 

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Report: Cubs still looking at Ross
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Cubs are still looking at catcher David Ross as a backup, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The team has been linked to Ross a number of times this offseason, but that interest was expected to wane following the trade for Miguel Montero. Despite the fact that the organization already has Welington Castillo as a backup, the interest in Ross is still there. Ross is said to have a close relationship with pitcher Jon Lester, and that could play a role in his decision.

Ross hit .184 over 152 at-bats last year.

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Royals not counting on Kris Medlen until the second half
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Royals do not expect pitcher Kris Medlen to return until the second half of the season.

General manager Dayton Moore told reporters he expects Medlen to be a factor down the stretch. Medlen is coming off Tommy John surgery, and the team will give him time to recover. Medlen had the surgery last March. Typically, it takes about a year for pitchers to recover, but the Royals aren't banking on Medlen being healthy right away.

Prior to having the surgery, Medlen posted a 3.11 ERA over 197 innings in 2013. 

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Royals designate Johnny Giavotella for assignment Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Royals infielder Johnny Giavotella was designated for assignment Thursday. Giavotella appeared in just 12 games for Kansas City in 2014 and has a .238/.277/.334/.612 slash line over four MLB seasons (125 games).

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Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on Orioles radar
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Orioles are showing some interest in signing 41-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Orioles are looking for an outfielder after losing Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency. Ichiro is 156 hits shy of 3,000 career hits and looking to extend his MLB career.

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